Sunday, October 7, “Disoriented”
Week #1: : “Mystery” and World Communion Sunday
We begin a new sermon series based on the book of Job titled “Mystery.” Focusing on the book of Job can be an opportunity to embrace vivid imagery, human emotion, and the mysterious nature of a God who created the entire universe. In the first week, it seems a bit disorienting that someone as “blameless and upright” as Job would be tested so vehemently. For many people, this probably doesn’t seem to fit the image of God we experience as a loving Creator. Our disoriented feelings likely mirror Job’s. And we begin to ask, “Why?”
Please click on Pastor Andy’s video for his message “Disoriented”
The second week, Job feels deserted. He begins to express his dismay at not being able to sense God’s presence. What times are we in Job’s shoes? Are there experiences that have left us wounded, broken, and dejected? These questions often leave us with a bitter taste, but it is also a wonderful opportunity to offer a word of hope in the presence of struggle.
Sunday, September 30, “Stay Salty”
Week #3: The Marks of a Follower
Continuing the discourse from last week, Jesus issues a warning for disciples who abuse the responsibility to care for the least of these. These words are about how followers choose to treat those who do not think like believers/behave exactly like we wish they would, and yet use the name of Jesus just like us. Jesus tells his disciples not to let personal sin get in the way of others becoming disciples. Treat it seriously (“cut off” the sinful part). We need to stay salty – not lose our taste/effectiveness. Then we’ll be at peace with everyone. A special rededication of our refurbished hand bells will take place as well.
Please click on Pastor Andy’s video for his message “Stay Salty”